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Castro To Step Down?

Ailing cuban leader Fidel Castro suggested Monday it may be time
for him to retire.

In a letter read on Cuban TV, Castro said he might give up his formal leadership post.

It is the first time he has commented about a possible retirement.
A senior US intelligence official tells NBC news that this appears to be
A "decisive indicator" that Fidel Castro will not return to power.

However, a top cuban source tells NBC news that Castro is not Stepping down.

The Cuban national assembly could formalize Castro's retirement as head of state when it approves the members of the executive council in March.

Castro has not been seen in public for 16 months since undergoing
Intestinal surgery last year.

After he became ill, he handed power to his brother Raul in July of 2006


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